WEGO Health’s Health Activists Share Expertise on June Awareness Campaigns

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Online health leaders offer insight into Men’s Health Month, World Sickle Cell Day, and HIV Testing

"Men's Health Month is a great time to remember that some men are facing health issues, isolated or alone, and can prosper with peer support." Darryl Mitteldorf, Executive Director of Malecare Prostate Cancer Support

This June, the online health community is focusing on raising awareness for various important health initiatives; namely Men’s Health Month, National Cancer Survivor’s Day, National HIV Testing Day, and World Sickle Cell Day. Leading online health community WEGO Health is dedicated to promoting these initiatives as part of its mission to empower Health Activists to help their online health communities. These patient experts called “Health Activists” are influential and inspirational leaders and ideal resources, and offer an inside look into these June observances.

Health Activists are social media organizers, leaders, and contributors who each reach an average online audience of more than 15,000 people every month. This month, WEGO Health is offering a collection of resources, discussions and inspirational stories to recognize Health Activists within Men’s Health, Sickle Cell Disease, and HIV communities. By signing up through WEGO Health’s June Awareness Portal, visitors will be able to receive access to exclusive awareness resources, ways to connect with others, tips on how to support the awareness efforts of others and conversation-starters for health communities.

Leading Prostate Cancer Health Activist and Executive Director of Malecare Prostate Cancer Support, Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW, shared his perspective on Men’s Health Month: “Gay men constitute approximately 7 percent of all cancer patients. And hardly more than 50 percent of all adult men are married. Men's Health Month is a great time to remember that some men are facing health issues, isolated or alone, and can prosper with peer support."

Sharing her thoughts on World Sickle Cell Day this June 19 is Health Activist Tosin Ola of the online community Sickle Cell Warriors. Looking back at the last year for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, Tosin says, “The most important thing that happened was the fact that more people got involved than they have in years past. It seemed to me that more people were getting involved and spreading awareness about Sickle Cell Disease.” Looking ahead to the rest of this year, Tosin envisions even more education, “This year the focus of Sickle Cell Warriors have been educating ourselves and then educating others. There are so many myths and misconceptions that surround sickle cell, and most of our discussions have revolved around debating and learning about these beliefs, where they come from, and if they are true or not.”

With National HIV Testing Day on June 27, HIV Health Activist and Executive Director of Volunteer Positive, Carlton Rounds, stresses the very individual nature of living with HIV: “Everyone copes with living with HIV in different ways. How we feel about living with the virus, the circumstances of its transmission, the social stigma, the losses connected to the experience; physical, personal, economic, emotional, professional, psychological, spiritual, political, and intellectual varies greatly from person to person. Though we share a common experience, the way each of us processes it is unique.”

For more information on WEGO Health, including featured topics for upcoming awareness months, visit http://www.wegohealth.com.

About WEGO Health
WEGO Health is the home of Health Activists, who are passionate organizers, connectors and contributors in health communities across the web. These leaders meet at WEGO Health to learn from each other and speak directly to healthcare companies about the conditions that are most important to them. Founded in 2007 and led by online health pioneers Jack Barrette and Bob Brooks, WEGO Health is a privately held, privately funded company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.wegohealth.com.

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